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Local businesses benefit from extension of Export Navigator pilot

From left, Minister for BC Minister of Energy, Mines and Petroleum Resources and Nelson Creston MLA Michelle Mungall, Andrea Wilkey, Liz Cohoe, owner and designer at Lillie & Cohoe, a millinery design studio and Export Navigator program Michael Hoeher during Wednesday's announcement in Nelson. Missing, George Chow, Minister of State for Trade. — The Nelson Daily photos

A Nelson business is just one of the success stories behind the Export Navigator program.

And those success stories will have more time to grow after the Government of British Columbia said during a media briefing Wednesday afternoon at Lillie & Cohoe Millinery Design Studio in Nelson that the Export Navigator program has been extended for another year.

Selkirk College’s Reconciliation Speaker Series — Dr. Leroy Little Bear

Dr. Leroy Little Bear, Blackfoot scientist, professor emeritus, and distinguished scholar will speak in Nelson about Indigenous worldview in education on April 4th as part of the Reconciliation Speaker Series at Selkirk College. — Submitted photo

Hailing from the Blood Tribe in southern Alberta, Dr. Leroy Little Bear grew up suffused in Blackfoot songs, stories and landscape.   At the age of ten, Dr. Little Bear attended a residential school on his reserve and soon became aware of the colonialization aspects of his schooling. His early school experiences left a deep impression on him and influenced his path which took him to Harvard, the University of Lethbridge, University of New Mexico, many other post-secondary institutions and the United Nations.

Deadline for Kootenay Lake Ferry Service feedback March 30

The MV Osprey is currently being refitted forcing the MV Balfour into service through the Easter Weekend. — The Nelson Daily photo

Time is running out on Round 2 of public consultation for Kootenay Lake Ferry System said ministry staff in a media release Tuesday.

Deadline for feedback is Friday, March 30.

“Your feedback is important to us. Input received through this public consultation will be compiled and considered by the Ministry, along with technical, environmental and financial considerations, in refining and finalizing the improvements to the Kootenay Lake Ferry and Balfour Ferry Terminal area,” said ministry staff.

UPDATE: Brutalized dog on the mend

Rusty, a three-year-old Shar-pei-Labrador cross was found near Yahk with a chain deeply embedded in his neck. — SPCA photo

Rusty, a three-year-old Shar-pei-Labrador cross found with a chain deeply embedded in his neck, is recovering nicely, according to Kris Lee, animal care attendent at BC SPCA's East Kootenay Branch in Cranbrook.

Rusty was found near Yahk March 10, and brought to the branch, which then issued a press release asking for help, as Rusty's recovery care is expected to cost roughlt $2,400.

"He's doing really well, for going through all of that," Lee said in an interview Tuesday. "He's been getting lots of love and attention."

Wolfpack bolster roster with signing of Nelson's Julia Burkart

Julia Burkart . . . Wolfpack first choice to play university women's soccer. — Submitted photo

The Thompson Rivers University WolfPack soccer program has had a fair bit of success recruiting out of the Kootenays in recent years.  One of the ‘Packs top players on the men’s team is Mitchell Popadynetz out of Nelson, BC.

Now the women’s program is hoping they have found another talented player out of Nelson with the announcement that they have signed 5’5” Julia Burkart.

Burkart will graduate this spring from L.V. Rogers Secondary School and is a centre back.

New paramedics to be hired for Castlegar

Three new paramedic positions are being created for the city.

BC Emergency Health Services (BCEHS) has announced the addition of three new paramedic positions to support the health of people living in Castlegar and the surrounding communities.

The three new regular positions are in addition to the recently-added full-time community paramedic position, which is expected to be filled this spring.

Ridge Meadows Traffic Unit impound car travelling double posted speed limit

The vehicle was stopped and the driver was served a violation ticket of $483 for excessive speeding. — Submitted photo

Ridge Meadows RCMP are again reminding drivers that speeding will result in significant fines and consequences.

This latest reminder comes after the Ridge Meadows Traffic Unit was performing routine patrols in the area of Golden Ears Way and 113B when they noted a driver travelling at more than 90 km/p/hr over the posted speed limit of 70 km/p/hr on Sunday, March 25th. 

“Some drivers still feel that they can get away with operating a vehicle at these dangerous speeds,”said Inspector Aaron Paradis. 

Dog found with embedded collar needs help to heal

Rusty, a three-year-old shar-pei/Labrador cross, was found with a chain collar deeply embedded in his neck.

The BC SPCA’s East Kootenay Branch in Cranbrook is asking for public assistance after a three-year-old shar-pei/Labrador cross found with a chain collar deeply embedded in his neck.

Rusty, the shar-pei/Labrador cross needs help to recover.

“The necrotic tissues from his neck has been removed and we are providing him with lots of love and attention but he will continue to need ongoing medical treatment as he heals,” said Christy King, manager of the East Kootenay SPCA in a media release.

"The cost of Rusty’s care is expected to cost $2,400."

OUT OF LEFT FIELD: Why a 'yes' vote is critical to Castlegar's health

Some of the most common complaints I’ve heard from Castlegar residents include: There are no family doctors taking patients; we don’t have any big box stores like Costco, Walmart, etc; there are no jobs for my adult kids so they’re moving to a larger centre, downtown is unsightly and has too few businesses, and; there’s nothing to do here.

In light of that, I can’t begin to imagine why anyone would even consider a ‘no’ vote in the upcoming referendum (June 23) to upgrade and expand our recreation facilities.

You don’t use the Complex?


City council to debate supporting 'yes' vote in upcoming recreation referendum

Councillor Florio Vassilakakis wants council to support a yes vote.

City Councillor Florio Vassilakakis, at last week’s regular council meeting, put his fellow councillors on notice that he intends to bring forward a motion at their next meeting on April 9 requesting they support a ‘yes’ vote in the June 23 referendum for recreation expansion.

(See bottom of article for the Notice of Motion in its entirety).